Recorded circa 1936. The Coon Creek Girls were the first commercially viable all-female Appalachian string band. They were sisters Rosie and Lily May Ledford, Violet Koehler and Daisy Lange. Lily Mae, who was purportedly from a part of Kentucky so remote it was called "Pinch 'Em Tight Holler," was a consummate banjo player and was playing from the time she was eight.
February 4, 2010 Subject:
The Coon Creek Girls history
The Coon Creek Girls were a popular all-girl "string band" in the Appalachian style of folk music (a precursor of country music) which began in the mid-1930s. Created (and named) by John Lair for his Renfro Valley Barn Dance show, the band originally consisted of sisters Lily May and Rosie Ledford (from Powell County, Kentucky) along with Esther "Violet" Koehler (from Indiana) and Evelyn "Daisey" Lange (from Ohio).
In 1939, when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited the White House of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, there were numerous musical acts, including Lawrence Tibbett, Marion Anderson, and Kate Smith. Also included were a troupe of Bascom Lunsford's square dancers, and the Coon Creek Girls.
- Lilly, John. "The Coon Creek Girls". Native Ground Books & Music. Native Ground Music. http://www.nativeground.com/cooncreekgirls.asp.
October 14, 2008 Subject:
modern sound coming
There seems much confusion about how to spell Lily May/Lily Mae's name. 1936 - the sound of modern country is beginning to develop.
November 12, 2005 Subject:
This is a very delightful recording of the ballads of the early years our family's alway's sang and enjoyed together. I wish more of these songs were on the radio today.